6 - How Can We Glorify God?

Question 6

Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. This time we ask the question, "How can we glorify God?”

Bryan Chapell, the Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois, and the Founder and Chairman of Unlimited Grace, writes:

If you consider what it means to glorify God by doing what he said, then we have to remember what he said was the prime commandment, which was that we love him above all and that we walk with him through all. After all, the Lord Jesus said, “Love me with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. This is the first and the greatest commandment. The second is like unto it. Love your neighbor as yourself.”

If we truly want to honor the Savior, we do as he said. But that means not just obeying him because he’s going to get us. It’s not really that. It’s understanding how great is his love for us so that we, in love for him, want to walk with him. And that understanding means that we begin by saying, “I understand that he has loved me so much that my heart is responding in love for him.”

So many times people think they’re glorifying God because they’re just kind of bowing their necks and doing the awful thing they hate because otherwise God is going to hurt them. Or sometimes they do the things that they think God wants so that he’ll give them more good stuff. But both those kinds of sanctified selfishness—I’m doing this so I will protect myself or promote myself—are not really love for God. When we understand that God gave his Son for me, that he’s shown me his character and his care, then I understand that loving him and enjoying him means that I will delight to walk on that which provides the good and safe path for my life.

I’ll walk with him and love him in all that he requires, because in doing so, I will actually enjoy the path that he has designed for the best life that he desires to give me.

Deuteronomy 11:1 (NASB)

Rewards of Obedience

1“You shall therefore love the LORD your God, and always keep His charge, His statutes, His ordinances, and His commandments.

New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

We can respond to question six with the following answer: we glorify God by enjoying Him, loving Him, trusting Him, and by obeying His will, commands, and law. 

We glorify God when we obey His commands, love Him, and trust Him with all of life. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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We can compare glorification to how we tell others about a new phone or how we talk about someone we’re in love with. We can glorify God in the same way as we describe Him to our friends and talk about Him at work.

Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Deuteronomy 11:1. Take a moment to reflect on what it means to glorify God. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of glorifying God, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Deuteronomy 11:1. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you seek to glorify Him. 

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NOTE: A previous version of the New City Catechism featured video teaching from Joshua Harris, who has since renounced Christianity and his work with the New City Catechism.